Maroush Gardens

I was luckily enough to be invited to Maroush Gardens for my birthday dinner with two friends. Maroush is a chain of London based Lebanese restaurants off Edgware Road (closest station is Marble Arch) and although being situated so close together, each restaurant emits it's own personality with different offerings ranging from  belly-dancing to live music in the evenings .

Maroush Gardens is one of the more smaller, quieter restaurants of the chain. Elegantly designed with a modern twist, a floor to ceiling fish pond waterfall greets you as you walk through the door. Look up and you are immersed in a skylight roof, I'm already impressed and we haven't even sat down yet.

The Lebanese dining table epitomises the social and sharing aspects of their culture. Instead of a traditional three-course meal approach, Lebanese food is served in an array of small dishes and pots as it is aimed not only at feeding diners' stomachs, but also at entertaining them.

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The starters of warm toasted pitta bread were free however we were rather surprised when the waitress brought out a wicket basket carefully arranged with a array of fresh whole vegetables.  I really wasn't sure what to do with this giant cucumber, so being the lady I am I decided for a knife and fork instead.

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For the main course I ordered their famous mixed meat grill which is slowly grilled skewers of seasoned minced lamb, marinated lamb, and chicken cubes, served with light garlic sauce. The grill comes on it's own so you would have to order a separate side or you can enjoy with the pitta bread from the starter, that's if you have any left over. I would recommend any of the rice sides on the menu-  I opted for the rice with minced lamb which in the end turned out to be extremely filling.

A glass of red wine was the perfect accomplice to this lovely meal as the lamb was grilled to perfection, not too dry and still tender and succulent in the middle. The chicken was just as delicious however it could of been browned a bit more for my liking. The dish was served with a small salad (yes, more vegetables) and a hearty tomato salsa filled pitta.

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Lebanese food is one of my favourite cuisines and I have tried many restaurants yet I am still to find one that tops Maroush's famous mixed grill. I would recommend Maroush Gardens to anyone who's looking for a relaxed intimate meal as I can promise you will not leave disappointed.

They are usually quite busy in the evenings as so can any popular restaurant in Central London so I'd advise you to make a booking beforehand to avoid disappointment.

You can find the link here:   http://www.maroush.com/


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